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The Blues try to safe a deal for the previous Arsenal striker (Picture: Getty)

Barcelona will demand a big price Chelsea for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang though he reportedly joined the membership on a free switch earlier this 12 months.

The west London membership need to add extra firepower to their ahead line earlier than the shut of the mortgage switch window Romelu Lukaku again to Inter and promoting Tim Werner again to RB Leipzig.

That has seen them linked with a shock transfer for Aubameyang, with supervisor Thomas Tuchel doing little to minimize the hypothesis.

The German coach labored with the Gabonese worldwide at Borussia Dortmund and this week spoke of the “shut bond” they nonetheless share.

Aubameyang solely moved to the Camp Nou in February this 12 months, with Arsenal agreeing to tear up his £350,000-a-week contract on deadline day to affix Barca after the window closes.

After a irritating time at Arsenal within the first half of the 2021-22 marketing campaign, which was punctuated by disciplinary issues and noticed him lose the captaincy, Aubameyang has loved a revival at Barca.

The 33-year-old scored 11 objectives in 17 video games in La Liga and helped the staff to a second-placed end, regardless of struggling simply to qualify for the Champions League when he joined.

Tuchel is eager on a reunion with Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)

However the arrival of Roberto Lewandowski moved Aubameyang down the pecking order and he solely began the final eight minutes of Barca’s goalless draw with Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Barcelona – who nonetheless have not signed Jules Kounde resulting from their monetary issues – are believed to be eager to dump the striker, with the phrases of his contract which means he’s now on a a lot greater wage this season than he was final marketing campaign.

Regardless of Barca’s openness to promoting Aubameyang, dependable Spanish journalist Gerard Romero on his Jijantes FC Twitch presentsays the Catalan aspect try to get a sizeable price from Chelsea.

Barcelona need to safe a price of between €25m (£21m) and €28m (£23m), which is round half the price they paid Bayern Munich for Lewandowski – which is getting used as a barometer.

Whereas the Catalan membership are optimistic they’ll get a good price from Chelsea, the west Londoners are believed to have balked at that asking value and could be keen to pay considerably much less for a participant within the twilight of his profession who instructions excessive wages.

Talking about Aubameyang, Tuchel mentioned final week: “Some gamers stay your gamers since you work very, very intently, Auba is a type of gamers. We had a really shut relationship.

“Each time he and I performed right here with Arsenal, there was all the time such an in depth bond. In a manner, they are going to all the time be your gamers, Auba is one in all them.”

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